Queen Victoria's Jubilee Dance

Queen Victoria had two Jubilees, in 1887, and 1897. It is thought that this dance was introduced in honour of the 1897 Jubilee, possibly by Sam Bennett. It is ironic that a morris dance should be named after Queen Victoria, as she had a hand in stopping women taking part in the morris, as she thought in unseemly. The tune used for this is 'Oyster Girl', used by the North Skelton sword dancers of Yorkshire, and collected by Peter Kennedy. 'We Three Kings of Orient Are' is used at Christmas.

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